I'm really happy to hear the news that the next season of HBO's "Flight of the Conchords" will probably be the last. In an interview with Q magazine, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie talk about struggling to write musical material for season two. "We've got a lot of half-songs," Clement says. "We've got an album's worth of beginnings of songs." Says McKenzie, "The second series seems to me like it would be a good end to the show. I feel like another 10... that will be enough."
I'm happy because I liked the first season of the show a whole lot, but I don't want more unless it's good. We tend to always want more of a series we like, but then we see a "Scrubs" or a "Will and Grace" overstay its welcome and sully its legacy. I'd much rather put "Flight of the Conchords" in the Gone So Soon category of shows such as "Freaks and Geeks," "Extras." and "Arrested Development" than in the dreaded How Can We Miss You When You Won't Go Away pile.
And with Jemaine and Bret, the New Zealand comedy-folk duo, the series isn't just about finding good scripts. It's about writing good songs, the songs being a critical element in the show's endearing charm. The guys are flatlined personalities, except when they burst into one of their musical parodies. Let's hope that, if HBO makes them a fantastic offer to return after the second season (which has yet to be scheduled), they can and will refuse.
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